From the other side: reflections on internships

I had a checklist I needed to complete in order to graduate from college: Fulfill the requisite number of courses in the English major to prove competency in American and British literature. Pass, with a high enough grade to prove I can do more than count to ten, basic math. Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. And most important of all (at least in the eyes of a future employer), complete an internship. Internship. The word can strike fear and bring excitement, depending on which side of the aisle a student stands on. With most employers requiring college students to have some kind of experience upon graduation, the competitiveness of these positions has risen in recent years. On the other hand, for those students without a clear-cut idea of what they want do when they graduate, choosing an internship can be a daunting task. I knew by my junior year of college that I wanted to make a career for myself in the publishing industry. With my focus on and interest in editing, I chose to intern at Oak Knoll Press—the only antiquarian publishing house in the United States … and it just so happens to reside in my home state of Delaware. While I value my time at Oak Knoll Press, the lessons I learned while interning there have little to do with the publishing industry. As an undergraduate intern, I focused on the small picture: earning a satisfactory grade; keeping my supervisor happy; pleasing my coworkers. I learned the everyday nuances of office life, but I failed to think ahead at how my time at Oak Knoll...

Featuring DEBRA HOLT

Debra Holt, author of Mercy’s Rescue, is a Texas girl through and through. If you check out her personal and professional Facebook pages on any given day, in fact, you’re almost sure to spot a beautiful image boasting about her home state. More often than not, there will be bluebonnets somewhere in the picture too, which is why we asked the cover designer of Mercy’s Rescue to work them into the cover somehow. Debbie’s Texas roots make her a natural to write about those cowboys adored by fans of romance! Mercy’s Rescue is no exception either. Josh Wellman is the romantic hero we love to swoon over. He’s tall and chisled, sure; but he’s also humble, strong, and kind. He’s just the type of guy women like us (and Mercy Smith) need to ground us and push us to be the best women we can be. Mercy’s pretty spectacular on her own, too. Professionally, she leads a medical evac team in the town where Josh is the sheriff. Her faith has taken some hits in recent years though, and Josh’s influence is sorely needed in her more vulnerable personal life. Their romance unfolds believably with elements of fun as well as a few heart-wrenching twists. For a sneak peek of the video trailer, click the icon below.   Mercy’s Rescue is available for pre-order right now in ebook and print form, and the official launch date arrives in just a few days. FOR A LIMITED TIME, YOU CAN “GRAB” A COPY OF MERCY’S RESCUE at BookGrabbr. And to connect with author Debra Holt, you can visit her website, LIKE...

Exciting days at Bling! Romance

So the last time I was here, I told you about how we were looking for a replacement for me to head up Bling! Although we looked at several very qualified candidates, we just didn’t find that perfect fit … the one to take over this very special toddler we’ve gotten on her feet. So I’ve decided to stick around a while longer and, with the help of a couple of fantastic interns, will continue to steer the course into deeper waters. In light of the fact that Bling! is fast becoming everything I hoped it would be, I’ll be joining the ranks of my treasured authors and will launch my own next novel through the imprint. There are exciting days ahead for us here, and we’re hoping you’ll hop aboard and make the trip along with us. In mid-August, Mercy’s Rescue by Debra Holt will finally debut. If you haven’t seen the book trailer, CLICK HERE to enjoy it. Mercy has received some amazing pre-release reviews. Also, author Debra Holt will be holding a launch party on August 11th via Facebook where there will be prize giveaways and lots of fun and games. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP HERE. Debra Holt is a Texas girl through and through! She’s all about the romance, the cowboys, horses, and bluebonnets. Whether that’s your cup of tea or not — take it from me! — you’ll love this book. Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows...

Updates on BLING!

There’s been a lot going on in the world of BLING! Romances lately. To catch you up … First and foremost, you may have noticed on the calendar that the release dates of our fall books have been changed around a little. Debra Holt is still our launch author, but instead of waiting until November to release Mercy’s Rescue, the novel will debut in August. If you’d like to have a little sneak peek into Mercy, click HERE to view the video trailer. Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick will now take that slot and debut on November 2nd. And we now have a cover for that bad boy … and it’s an amazing cover indeed! The next bit of news involves an author named Sandra D. Bricker … Yep! That’s ME, the managing editor of BLING! I’ve spent about 18 months building, designing, proting, crafting … all to put this imprint out into the world. I’m so proud of what we’ve built, and thankful for the supportive team surrounding me. However, a month or so back, I gave my notice and won’t be managing the imprint going forward. We’re in the process of locating the perfect person to accept the torch and continue with the work we’ve started. Until that time, I’ll be keeping things moving in a forward motion … and we’ll keep you all updated! And speaking of me … As a writer, I’ve been going through some transitions as well. One of those happened recently when I decided to go the indie route with my books for awhile. I’ve seen some of my writer...

Guest Blogger: Editor Cindy Sproles

She’s not an editor at Bling! … but she’s very important to the world of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I’ve invited Cindy Sproles to come and tell you all about her non-fiction arm of LPC. FROM CINDY SPROLES: Welcome to the world of non-fiction. I’d like to tell you I could take you to galaxies far away where legions of star battles ensue, but that would be fiction. Instead, my goal is to immerse you into the world where information is but a touch of the Kindle away. Let me introduce you to my world – the world of non-fiction – SonRise Devotionals and Straight Street Books. When Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas was born, our first book was Spirit and Heart: A Devotional Journey. Little did we know what God had in store for this small arm of Christian Devotions Ministries. We quickly found when you say yes to God’s work, the surprises never cease. Spirit and Heart: A Devotional Journey was the beginning. It was the training ground for what God would grow for the future – SonRise Devotionals. Over the last three years, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and SonRise Devotionals have published some 35+ devotional books. These books would become the stepping-stones for the continued growth of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Since our heart has always been to teach others about God through the simplicity of a devotion, LPC has remained faithful in seeking out and publishing devotional books that reach every facet of individuals. From parenting to aging. Exercise to eldercare. Laughter to heartache – SonRise Devotionals touch everyone wishing to develop...

Guest Blogger: Editor Deb Haggerty

  THE ART OF EXCEPTIONAL EDITING  by Deb Haggerty ed•it \’e-dət\ vt [back-formation fr. editor] (1791) 1 a : to prepare (as literary material) for publication or public presentation b : to assemble (as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging c : to alter, adapt, or refine esp. to bring about conformity to a standard or to suit a particular purpose. (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, p. 396) Editing is the icing on the book “cake.” After the author has labored with blood, sweat, and tears great effort to produce a manuscript, the editor takes a hand to make the manuscript as perfect as can be. The obvious first step is to read the document. In the “old” days, we’d do that with a red pencil in hand—making notes along the way as to what needed to be changed, tightened up, or deleted. We’d look for clichés and tired illustrations as well as grammar and punctuation errors. And typos—amazing what misteaks mistakes exhausted fingers can produce! Today our job is much the same, except that we labor with Track Changes instead of a red pencil or pen. The computer has made editing both easier and more difficult. Editing is easier because we can make a suggested change, undo the change, and make another change with the click of a mouse instead of trying to write between the lines. We can add comments that are easily read and then deleted when answered or the problem is fixed. We can instantly reformat pages or quotes. This ease has a difficult side as well. Because the changes are so easy, we can...

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